Legacy of the Incas with Galápagos Cruise

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Calendar? Astronomy? Alien artwork? None of the above. But the discovery of Peru’s Nazca Lines gave a whole new meaning to drawing a line in the sand. Flightseeing is the best way to see these massive geoglyphs etched into the desert— where the ancient Nazca people likely performed spiritual ceremonies. From the Lost City of the Incas surrounded by the peaks ...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Lima: Sightseeing with a Local Guide; visit San Francisco Monastery and a local Peruvian food market; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado; farewell dinner
    • Sacred valley: Enjoy a special lunch, complete with live Andean music and a Mother Earth Ceremony performed by a shaman; visit Pisac; visit Ollantaytambo and a local home for a glimpse into rural Peruvian life
    • Machu picchu: Take the Vistadome train through the Urubamba Valley; sightseeing with a Local Guide and a second entrance to the ruins on your second day in Machu Picchu; Pisco Sour mixology lesson
    • Cusco: Sightseeing with a Local Guide; Inca King greeting; visit the cathedral and Santo Domingo Monastery, Kenko Temple, and the Temple of Sacsayhuaman
    • Lake titicaca: Guided sightseeing to Taquile and the Uros Floating Islands
    • Sillustani: Visit the ruins; learn about the lives of the local people
    • Paracas: Fly over the Nazca Lines; cruise to the Ballestas IslandsGALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
    • The thrilling beauty of the Galápagos Islands and the rediscovered jewels of the Inca Empire await you on this tour through the Galápagos and Peru
    • A highlight of your vacation is a tour to Machu Picchu, where you’ll visit this amazing Inca city

What's this trip about?

    Calendar? Astronomy? Alien artwork? None of the above. But the discovery of Peru’s Nazca Lines gave a whole new meaning to drawing a line in the sand. Flightseeing is the best way to see these massive geoglyphs etched into the desert— where the ancient Nazca people likely performed spiritual ceremonies. From the Lost City of the Incas surrounded by the peaks of the Andes to the floating Uros Islands on the highest lake in the world, this vacation to Peru leads you to great heights while also going to greater depths to illuminate its archaeological, historical, and cultural wonders. In addition to two days of exploration at the mysterious and magical ruins of Machu Picchu, you’ll also visit the Sillustani pre-Incan burial ground, cruise to the wildlife paradise of the Ballestas Islands, and frolic through the wonders of colonial and culinary Lima as well as the Inca capital, Cusco. When satisfying your inner historian, don’t forget your inner naturalist. Cruise around the famed Galápagos archipelago, where you’ll share the shores with every native species from the blue-footed boobies to the pint-size penguin. A meet-and-greet with a colony of sea lions seals the deal on this wondrous extension to your Peru vacation.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City LIMA, PERU
End CityGUAYAQUIL

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • South America
  • Ecuador
  • Peru

Attractions

  • Cusco
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Puno
  • Quito
  • Sacred Valley
  • Santa Cruz Island

Activities

  • Culture

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN LIMA, PERU

Welcome to Lima! Meet your Tour Director.

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Day 2: LIMA

Legendary Lima Today, your Local Guide focuses on the city’s colonial heritage during a walking tour. Start at the Plaza de Armas to see the Government Palace and the cathedral. From here, stroll to the venerable San Francisco Monastery with its splendid 17th-century...

Day 3: LIMA–CUSCO–SACRED VALLEY

Empire of the Andes Fly to Cusco, the impressive Andean city that was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you will enjoy a special lunch prepared exclusively for Globus guests at a private location. Here, experience a...

Day 4: SACRED VALLEY–MACHU PICCHU

Mystery on the Mountain This morning, visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo, followed by [LF] a visit to a local home, meet some of the area’s families, and experience their way of life in the Sacred Valley. Then, board the Vistadome train for a scenic journey thr...

Day 5: MACHU PICCHU–CUSCO

Here Comes the Sun A morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu with your second included entrance to the ruins. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and continue to Cusco. (Breakfast,Lunch)

Day 6: CUSCO

Sun Worship & Spanish Conquests On your guided sightseeing tour of Cusco today, learn more about the Inca and Spanish influence. Begin at the heart of Cusco in the Plaza de Armas (main square), with a visit to the imposing Cathedral, where construction began in 1...

Day 7: CUSCO–SILLUSTANI–JULIACA–PUNO (LAKE TITICACA)

Ruins & Real Life in Peru Board a flight to Juliaca, where you will continue to the ruins of Sillustani en route. At this pre-Incan burial ground, see where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests in chullpas—above-ground, cylinder-shaped tombs dating back t...

Day 8: PUNO. EXCURSION TO LAKE TITICACA

Life on the Lake Today, take a motorboat trip to some of the more unique islands of Lake Titicaca. Start with Taquile Island, which was once part of the Inca Empire and was one of the last areas of Peru to be conquered by Spain in the 16th century. The Spanish bann...

Day 9: PUNO–JULIACA–LIMA

Hasta Luego, Lake Titicaca Depart for Juliaca this morning for a return flight to Lima. (Breakfast)

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Day 10: LIMA–PARACAS. BALLESTAS ISLANDS CRUISE & NAZCA LINES

Islands & Enigmas Enjoy a scenic drive south along the Pan-American Highway to the Bay of Paracas. Embark on a cruise out to the Ballestas Islands, which are inhabited by a wide variety of sea mammals and exotic birds, including blue-footed boobies, sea lions, an...

Day 11: PARACAS–LIMA

Fond Farewells After some free time in Paracas, return to Lima today. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a memorable farewell dinner with your travel companions at a local restaurant. (Breakfast,Dinner)

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Day 12: LIMA–QUITO, ECUADOR

Fly to Quito, capital of Ecuador, and have some free time this evening. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT ACCOMMODATION SPOTLIGHT Centrally located across from the nightly craft market in El Ejido Park and near the Casa de la Cultura Museum, the Hilton Colon Quito is ...

Day 13: QUITO

Quintessential Quito On an included city tour, see Independence Square with its Cathedral and San Francisco Plaza Church, and the Basilica. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Ecuador’s capital city of San Francisco de Quito stands on the ruins of...

Day 14: QUITO–SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND (EMBARKATION)–GALÁPAGOS CRUISING

Adventure on the Horizon Fly to San Cristobal and embark the Seaman Journey for a 4-night cruise. This afternoon, visit the Galápagos Darwin Interpretation Center with your expert Naturalist and learn about ongoing conservation of the archipelago, its history, ecosys...

Day 15: CRUISING: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Gentle Giants Visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve and learn about the island’s giant tortoise population and the measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The reserve includes a large corral, breeding facility, and interpretative trail, w...

Day 16: CRUISING: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

Survival of the Fittest Join your Naturalist guide for excursions to Gardner Bay and Punta Suárez on Española Island, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. At Gardner Bay, this is the one place you can see three species of Darwin finches. It’s also a great sp...

Day 17: CRUISING: FLOREANA ISLAND

Kaleidoscope of Life Visit Cormorant Point to see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galápagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtle...

Day 18: CRUISING: SANTA CRUZ (DISEMBARKATION)–BALTRA–GUAYAQUIL

Hatching a Plan After breakfast, disembark and transfer to visit the Galápagos giant tortoise breeding facility at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Fly to Guayaquil. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CONSERVATION HEROES Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, h...

Day 19: GUAYAQUIL

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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